Second US soldier killed this year in insider Afghan attack

Second US soldier killed this year in insider Afghan attack

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Brant, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), advises an Afghan National Army soldier on weapons maintenance in Logar province in August. (NATO photo by U.S. Navy Lt. Aubrey Page)

WASHINGTON — A second U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan has been killed this year by an insider attack, U.S. military officials said Monday.

A second solider was wounded in the attack in eastern Afghanistan. He is in stable condition, according to a news release from Operation Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul.

An “insider attack” is one carried out against U.S. military personnel by the Afghan troops they are training or advising. It is sometimes called a “green-on-blue” attack, which is when an Afghan police officer or soldier fires on U.S. or coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The service member who died in Monday’s attack Monday is the sixth U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan this year.

“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” Gen. Scott Miller, commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, said in the release. “Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission.”

Miller assumed command on Sept. 1. He replaces Gen. John Nicholson, the longest-serving commander of U.S. and NATO forces, in the post since March 2016.

Monday’s attack is the second insider incident in less than two months in which an Afghan security member kills a U.S. service member. On July 7, Cpl. Joseph Maciel, part of a the team providing security for a new Security Force Assistance Brigade in Afghanistan, was killed in an attack at the airport in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan.

The U.S. has about 14,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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